Lightly Child, Lightly

The god of dirt
came up to me many times and said
so many wise and delectable things, I lay
on the grass listening
to his dog voice,
crow voice,
frog voice; now,
he said, and now,

and never once mentioned forever

~ Mary Oliver, from “One or Two Things” in New and Selected Poems:  Volume One


  • Photo:  Teresa Meyers (via MennyFox55). Poem: Thank you Beth @ Alive on All Channels
  • Prior “Lightly child, lightly” Posts? Connect here.
  • Post Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”


  1. this is lovely. everything is in the moment. that’s all there is.

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  2. Is it Mary Oliver week? 🙂
    Had to study that photo for a bit – nearly too clever for me 😉

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  3. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    ‘ … and never once mentioned forever! … ‘
    Amazing words … photography Wow!!

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  4. Powerful.

    and it’s true. I listen to dog voice all the time and never once is forever mentioned. 🙂

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  5. Forever is so far away… much better to be in the now…

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